Colorado

Apr 24, 2010 1:11 PM by Associated Press

Counties threaten to turn over welfare to state

Colorado county commissioners say they will turn over control of their welfare programs to the state if Gov. Bill Ritter goes ahead with a threat to take over county programs that refuse to pay more for services.

Weld County commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer says counties were blindsided by a proposal by Ritter to take over county programs if they fail to pay 20 percent more for programs. Kirkmeyer says counties can't afford it and they'll be forced to give up programs that are working.

Under the current system, social services are administered by counties and supervised by the state.

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